For years we have struggled to get the ideal “catchphrase” for Crossfit London. Sure, we have “the hallmark of elite fitness”, but really, what does that mean?
Today, by accident, I think we hit upon the phrase that really sums us up.
It’s not “work out till you puke!”, or “tuff to the core!” or “lift big!” , or any of those macho things.
It’s this : “kind and helpful”.
It’s kind to support individuals and recognise where they are: equally it’s kind to commit to teaching them the skills they need. Sure it’s easy to tell women they don’t need to pull up, or inflexible lumps that they dont need to develop a perfect squat.
It’s easy. It’s not kind.
Kind is setting the standards that will get you physically through the remander of your life with dignity and self dependance. Kind is providing you with the best facilities to get the skills you need. Kind is showing clients the right and correct path, and following it.
Kind is teaching Crossfit.
Helpful is something else we have specialised in for years. We break things down (at our Levels 1 and 2) and coach you point by point. Learning how to squat is like any task: it’s a series of things strung together. Until you’re shown the parts, and where they fit and how they stick together, you dont really know what to do.
Helpful is giving you drills to help you learn. Helpful is feeding back to you and telling you what you did right and what you can improve, and how to improve it.
Helpful is how we teach Crossfit
Today saw the return of Andrew Stemler to the public teaching schedule after a year of injury. This basically meant that the morning zoomed by in a cascade of infectious enthusiasm, matched only the witty and cool teaching style of the excellent Rachel Entwhistle in the afternoon. They were supported by Allen Vistan throughout the day, with guest appearances by Phil Rolling, Kate Pankhurst and Katerina Berceliova
The participants were marvellous, and learned lots on a quite hot, but action packed day.
At the end of it, they agreed. Crossfit London. They are helpful and kind.
What else do you need to become elite?